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Kris Kobach’s Kansas election fraud bill to cover mail-in ballots

January 12, 2011


— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's plan for addressing election fraud will include proposals dealing with mail-in ballots.

Kobach told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the provisions he's drafting to deal with mail-in ballots are important to his goal of giving Kansas the strongest law on election fraud in the nation.

The Republican secretary of state promised during his campaign last year to propose legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls and to require people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote for the first time in a new location.

But he said Wednesday that it will require voters who request mail-in ballots to provide a driver's license or identification number. Also, he said county officials will have to verify their signatures.


ralphralph 7 years, 3 months ago

Kobach-hater, or not, you've gotta admit that the mail ballot is the most susceptible to fraud, undue influence and general skullduggery ...

Jefferson_County 7 years, 3 months ago

I believe county officials already verify signatures on absentee ballots, which is what I'm guessing the "mail-in" ballot is referring to. I hardly think absentee ballots are susceptible to "fraud, undue influence and general skullduggery," whatever that is. Maybe some of the enlightened voter fraud-fearing commenters can explain how all of this is going to work so easily for someone who is disabled and apartment bound. I guess they should be expected to get a drivers license. Identification number? How does that work? No chance of fraud there? What was it, 6 accusations of voter fraud in the last election? Why don't Kobach and his supporters just skip this dog whistle and get right to the point of their opposition of illegal immigrants?

kansastruthteller 7 years, 3 months ago

I will wait to see the bill before commenting on it otherwise it is pure speculation with no value other than an opportunity to either support or bash someone based on politics and not substance.

WilburM 7 years, 3 months ago

Oregon uses mail ballots almost exclusively, with no allegations of fraud. Kobach will look for fraud, but will end up by making voting more restrictive. The scandal in American voting is how few folks vote, not how much corruption there is. But he'll stand up and wave the flag, all the while knowing that he is making it more difficult for Democratic constituencies (elderly, poor, Hispanics -- legally registered, of course) to vote.

Scott Morgan 7 years, 3 months ago

Oregon has no allegations of fraud? YIKES.

Randall Uhrich 7 years, 3 months ago

I still challenge Kobach to document any issues of voter fraud in Kansas. It is a non-issue, period. Kobach's only intent is to intimidate minority (read: Democratic) voters. We don't need our elected officials wasting their time and OUR money on this farce.

Randall Uhrich 7 years, 3 months ago

I meant to say "instances" of voter fraud.

1029 7 years, 3 months ago

Obviously Kobach has no idea that I voted for him 4 times in this last election. I voted for him 6 times when he ran against Dennis Moore a few years back.

thebigspoon 7 years, 3 months ago

All of you dingbats who think Kobach is the second coming, try this on for size: we already have election fraud statutes, which are enforceable and punishable. Is there any reason for more? Has there been an outbreak of voter fraud in our state? The answer to both questions is a resounding, solid, "NO!". So what is the reason for even bringing this non-isssue up? Pure political claptrap, getting one's self elected without having anything to bring to the political table except hot air, making mountains of non-existent molehills. And, too, how is the new Office of the Defender of Not Having Too Many Laws going to view this trumped-up duplication of effort? Apparently, Sam wants the state to have not too many laws that do not carry out his ultra-right, conservative, neo-religious agenda. Again, another Brownback talking point that leads nowhere, and is, in fact, contrary to his stated agenda.

You people who voted for this administration will howl, laugh, guffaw, and make fun of me and everyone who expresses concern over our state's standing in, and perception by, the rest of the country. But, you will also be able to stand by and watch and make silly-a$$ excuses as our state is bypassed by educational and business concerns, as well as the population influx we so desperately need to add tax revenue to a state budget strained to the maximum. There is a point at which even you will have to stand up and take notice.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 3 months ago

We have plenty of money; why not spend it tilting at windmills and hunting unicorns?

4getabouit 7 years, 3 months ago

Thank you KK for moving this forward and saving us from this pervasive and evil threat. We will all be able to sleep better now that the polls are safe. This unpresidented attempt to undermine our democracy will now be extinguished. God bless your ability to think small and act even smaller. Take some time off. You must be exhausted.

Grump 7 years, 3 months ago

"The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital." -- Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

Grump 7 years, 3 months ago

Because he's not senile, he's wise, and Kobach was part of the problem there.

Scott Morgan 7 years, 3 months ago

Me wonderith why, o' why fair citizens you seem so diligent. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

You libs planning on cheating soon?

Better move to another state for me thinks if Cherokee County suddenly votes like Pelosi and welcomes going green somebody may look into voter fraud.

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